2 Mike Doss

Mike Doss Ohio State
Mike Doss
United States
Canton, OH
High School
Canton McKinley
Current Team
Ohio State
1999, 2000, 2001

Major: Communication (2001), Undeclared (1999-00)

Weight: 203 (2001), 199 (2000), 185 (1999)

2001 Media Guide: Mike Doss is one of the top defensive backs in college football and a leading contender for the Thorpe Award … will be in his second year as a starter at strong safety and also will return kicks … won first-team All-America honors last year with the Sporting News and is that publication’s preseason pick as National Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 … also a consensus all-Big Ten pick in 2000 … combines speed, power and savvy with a fierce competitive nature … always comes to play … led Ohio State in tackles last year with a career-high 94, including 73 solos … also had 13 tackles-for-loss, three sacks, three interceptions, three fumbles recoveries and six passes broken up … seems to be at his best in “big games” as evidenced by his two interceptions at Purdue off Drew Brees and his career-high 16 tackles against Michigan … has played in all 24 games the past two years and has 14 starts … also a fine student, earning a 4.00 in the classroom last winter quarter.

2000 Season: Scored the first touchdown of the 2000 season when he recovered a fumble in the end zone in the season opener against Fresno State … added a second TD later in the year, scooping up a loose ball and racing 73 yards to pay dirt against Michigan State.

2000 Media Guide: Each year there seems to be one of the true freshman that catches the eye of the 93,000 fans in Ohio Stadium – one special 18-year old talent that seems to be playing like a veteran and bursting with potential. In 1999, that was Mike Doss. The favorable impression he left with Ohio State fans was nothing compared to the bone-crushing , helmet-jarring one he left with several opponents. Although his quiet demeanor allowed him to slip past most fans and media members through the first half of last year, everyone wanted a piece of Doss by November. He recorded double-figure tackles in back-to-back games and showed the tendency to attack ball carriers with a vengeance. “Mike is a great run player. He plays like a linebacker against the run. He’s worked on being a better pass defender. His knowledge of the game is improving and he’ll be an outstanding player someday,” Jon Tenuta, defensive backs coach, said. Doss, who dished out some of Ohio State’s hardest hits of the season on special teams in 1999, has been described as a strong safety with a linebacker mentality. He is Ohio State’s starter at the strong safety spot entering the year.

1999: Played in all 12 games and started the final two … the only true freshman to play every game … captured Ohio State’s First Year Defensive Player of the Year Award … played just 128 minutes, nearly 100 minutes fewer than any of Ohio State’s other Top 10 tacklers … clearly led Ohio State in minutes played-to-tackle ratio at 2.97:1 (the next closest was Jason Ott at just 3.39:1) … made a season-high 12 tackles as a reserve against Michigan State, earning him the starting spot the rest of the year … responded to the starting role with 10 tackles and a PBU against Illinois and seven tackles at Michigan … recorded five TFLs, including a season-high two against Illinois … was the first true freshman defensive back to start at Ohio State since Antoine Winfield in 1995.

1999 Media Guide: Selected first-team Division I all-Ohio by the Associated Press as a senior … A USA Today honorable mention All-American and the No. 6 prospect in the Midwest by the Detroit Free Press … Rushed for 143 yards and scored four touchdowns in the state championship game, helping Canton McKinley to its second-consecutive Division I state title and 12-1 final record … had a school record 14 career interceptions … Rushed for 1,454 yards with 22 touchdowns and had 111 tackles and three interceptions as a senior … Recorded nine interceptions and 97 tackles as a junior … High school teammate of Buckeyes Kenny Peterson and Jamar Martin … the son of Diane and Gene Doss.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TDKRKR YdsKR TD
1999Ohio State12243331059001000200000
2000Ohio State12129473211347318133336021150